NÄKYILLÄÄN! PROJECT 2013-2015
Project was a peer support development project organized by Helsingin
ja Uudenmaan Näkövammaiset ry’s Pengertupa centre. The project was
funded by Raha-automaattiyhdistys (RAY).
strived to involve active people of various ages in peer support. The
staff of Näkyillään! Project worked at Pengertupa and they travelled
around the region of Uusimaa in 2013-2015.
The goal of the
project was to bring peer support and recreation to the visually
impaired, to prevent social exclusion, to increase a sense of community
and social well-being. The project enabled the peer support clubs to
work, and looked for new peer supporters and participants in the
regional club activities.
In the Näkyillään! Project the peer
supporter himself or herself was blind or visually impaired. He or she
was both a supporter and he or she gave and received support.
Participating in the activities did not oblige you to do anything.
support education was organized according to the regional need and
demand. Education was offered to the counselors and participants. Peer
counselling was based on voluntariness. Being a peer motivated you and
supported you in daily life. Peer support brouht joy into your life.